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Lifelong Learning features Doug Neel and his new book this evening

This evening (Thursday, Oct. 25) local author Doug Neel will discuss the historical and cultural importance of 1st century meals at 6 p.m. He’ll also demonstrate and share his hummus recipe, one of many in his just-published book “The Food and Feasts of Jesus,” and have copies of the book to sell and sign. In addition to his writing and cooking skills, Doug is the rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. He is well known in our community as an excellent speaker, with a lovely blend of charm, wit and instruction.

Free high-tech training

Our high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.–noon. We also have two more formal training sessions this month that require advance registration for space reasons: Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 26) is a 3M e-book workshop from 10 a.m.–noon where you’ll learn about the library’s new e-book platform. Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m.–noon is video conferencing made easy with an Introduction to Skype class. Again, for space reasons, you need to register in advance for both of those sessions.

Free film tomorrow

“GMOs and Health,” the next movie in the free food/politics film series, will be shown at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 26). Popcorn will be served.

Two big events

Save the date of Saturday, Nov. 3, when games will be available to play all day in the library as part of International Games Day. In addition to games and puzzles, you’ll be introduced to our new Xbox 360 with Kinect. Also that day, visit the annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center to buy delicious homemade baked goods, candy and more. All proceeds from this bake sale come to your library. Many thanks to Liz Schnell and her committee for organizing the bake sale, and to the Mountain View Homemakers Club for taking over production of the highly popular bazaar from the Women’s Civic Club, who handled it so brilliantly in past years.

Soccer books

We have four new books by Marty Schupak and the Youth Sports Club to hone your soccer skills. “Championship Soccer Drills” and “Soccer Shooting Drills” describe soccer drills and techniques for coaches and players of all skill levels. “34 Soccer Goalie Drills” tell of soccer goal keeping drills and techniques. “Backyard Soccer Drills” provide creative backyard drills for any youth athelete.

How-to and self-help

“Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School” by Richard Branson offers business advice from one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time. “Avoiding Miscarriage” by Susan Rousselot helps you take charge of your healthcare and work effectively with your doctor. “Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple” by Chrissy Gower shows you that cooking real food using a variety of vegetables, clean cuts of meat and healthy fats does not have to be complicated, boring or time-consuming.

Biographies and other nonfiction

“The Oath” by Jeffrey Toobin is an account of the ideological battle between the conservative majority on the Supreme Court and the Obama administration. “Mortality” by Christopher Hitchens is a memoir of this well-known writer’s dealing with his esophageal cancer. “500 Days: The Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars” by Kurt Eichenwald documents the 18 months after 9/11 as leaders around the world worked to protect their citizens. “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story” by D.T. Max is the biography of the writer David Foster Wallace. “The Price of Politics” by Bob Woodward chronicles the inside story of how President Obama and Congress tried — and failed — to restore the American economy. “The Black Count” by Tom Reiss is the biography of General Alex Dumas, whose swashbuckling exploits appear in “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo,” both books written by his son.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Low Pressure” by Sandra Brown follows a woman who is stalked after she writes a bestselling novel about the murder of her sister 18 years ago. “The Jewels of Paradise” by Donna Leon is a new stand-alone novel set in England by this writer well known for her mysteries set in Venice. “The Cutting Season” by Attica Locke is a thriller that intertwines two murders separated by more than a century. “Frozen Heat” by Richard Castle is a mystery in the series featuring NYPD’s Nikki Heat. “A Fistful of Collars” by Spencer Quinn is the latest in the mystery series featuring sleuths Chet and Bernie. “Mad River” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers series.

Large print

“Sutton” by J.R. Mochringer is a novel about America’s most successful bank robber. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain follows heroes of the Iraqi war as they are feted by the Dallas Cowboys. “Reap What You Sew” by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is a Southern Sewing Circle mystery. “The St. Zita Society” by Ruth Rendell is an upstairs/downstairs mystery set in London. “The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service” by Beth Kendrick is a romance about a dog trainer and rescuer.

Other fiction

“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison is a reissue of this American classic first published in 1952. “The Unfaithful Queen” by Carolly Erickson is a novel about Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife. “San Miguel” by T.C. Boyle follows two families, one in the 1880s and the other in the l930s. “The Greatcoat” by Helen Dunmore is a love story set in the English countryside in 1952. “Neverwinter” and “Charon’s Claw” by R.A. Salvatore are books two and three in the Neverwinter fantasy trilogy. “Winter of the World” by Ken Follett is book two of the historical epic Century trilogy. “Fobbit” by David Abrams is a satire of the Iraq war based on the author’s own experiences. “The Casual Vacancy” is the first adult book written by J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series.

Poetry and short stories

“The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine” edited by Don Share and Christian Wiman is an anthology celebrating the magazine’s centennial. “Blasphemy” by Sherman Alexie is a collection of 15 classics and 16 new short stories by this observer of life among Native Americans.

Quotable quote

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” — Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), American humorist and newspaper columnist.


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